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Comment Archives: stories: Music, Arts & Culture: Music

Re: “Under the Radar

Jus to clarify a few misunderstandings, Ben Stephens was the founder of the live musicians co-op and nathan prowse got on board to expand the place.

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Posted by Nathan Prowse on 06/26/2014 at 12:12 PM

Re: “Under the Radar

The July 2nd show sounds rad! I'm glad LMC is helping bring back a decent music scene to Santa Rosa since there are already so many great bands, there just needs to be more great venues.

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Posted by Neal Mckenzie on 06/25/2014 at 8:05 AM

Re: “It's a Hoot

Well to be fair (HA!), Jesse Shantor and Adam Lessnau were the original creators of the name (or maybe there was someone before as well). Just another mystery about Santa Rosa's oldest tradition, as this is the 103rd Annual Hooligan Street Faire.

Posted by Kalei Yamanoha on 06/12/2014 at 12:19 AM

Re: “It's a Hoot

Thanks so much for the great article! Charlie, you are doing some amazing things for the community through your writing. I am really into your writing style as well - much thanks.

I just want to give credit to Kalei Yamanoha, a dear friend of mine who coined the term "Hooligan St. Faire."

See you all this weekend!

- Josh Windmiller

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Posted by Joshua Windmiller on 06/11/2014 at 1:39 PM

Re: “BottleRock Bender

Very interesting way to write a review. I like it.

Posted by Thefatherfigure on 06/04/2014 at 4:36 PM

Re: “Pucker Up

Two titans of music, playing local, gotta go.

Posted by Thefatherfigure on 05/14/2014 at 7:01 PM

Re: “Out with the Old!

I agree that the old should be replaced. New technology is always better then old and lately the reliability is much better too. The manually way is no longer best.
John Bond |

Posted by John Bond on 04/24/2014 at 1:47 PM

Re: “Hood Lovin'

Good to see him talking about music, and not about all that political garbage...

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Posted by DW Driving-Wheel Fans-Friends on 04/10/2014 at 3:47 PM

Re: “Bottlerock It, Man

Just hope the new promoters don't make the same mistakes as the old ones. Don't understand why they kept the name after all the bad press it received from last year.

Fun line up but rather go to High Sierra instead.

Posted by Roxy Vegas on 03/31/2014 at 3:27 PM

Re: “Splendor in the Jam-Grass


Posted by Roxy Vegas on 03/31/2014 at 2:54 PM

Re: “Bottlerock It, Man

Maybe a smart move. Older fans can afford to buy fancy wine? I would go, but still too pricey. Good lineup, though.

Posted by Thefatherfigure on 03/25/2014 at 5:28 PM

Re: “Bottlerock It, Man


Thanks for the comments. There will definitely be something for everyone, except the younger crowd, who will likely be priced out anyway. This will be a good festival for the target demographic, those of us who grew up listening to groups like Smash Mouth (Fush Yu Mang was one of the first albums I bought with my own money).

Have a good gig!

Posted by Nicolas.Grizzle on 03/24/2014 at 4:07 PM

Re: “Bottlerock It, Man

They aren't trying to be versitile, they are desperate to keep their word that they can do this and these are the only bands that would agree to do it. Poor planning. Poor execution. Damaged brand. No surprise here. I would not be surprised if this is a worse bloodbath than last year. I hope they pay the bills.

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Posted by Rick Bartalini on 03/19/2014 at 5:40 PM

Re: “Bottlerock It, Man

Hey Nicolas :-)
If I had to guess, I'd say they're trying to be versatile for the sake of getting a whole
big range of generations. A little something for everyone...know what I mean?
Have you ever seen us play? It's a fun show and we have fun with the crowd...well these days anyway.

Keep it real.

Sean (Smash Mouth)

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Posted by Sean Hurwitz on 03/19/2014 at 6:57 AM

Re: “Mardi Gras at the Mystic

Petaluma's own Krewe of Muses will make their debut at this year's annual Mardi Gras parade. The parade starts at 5:45pm in front of McNear's on Fat Tuesday, March 4th. The Krewe of Muses, Petaluma's first official Mardi Gras Krewe will be dressed for the parade and ready with traditional throws of beads, candy and cups, so come early and join in on the fun!

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Posted by Annamaria Pardini on 03/02/2014 at 10:49 AM

Re: “Sylvia Tyson: On Our Mind

Saw the show last night in SEB -- amazing to see this icon in person, plus the talent of Cindy Cashdollar on pedal, steel, lap steel, and dobro. The Community Center was jammed.

Not so fun -- the boorish behavior of some audience members. After one song that had the dobro quieter in background, a woman yelled out "up the dobro". Puh-leeze! This concert isn't your server in a restaurant. Then too, many audience of a certain age left between sets at around 10:30p. Certainly, we tire more easily as we get older, but c'mon! Respect the performers -- Ms. Tyson is 73, yet graciously stayed after the final song. If she can do it ... .

Would love to see these ladies -- together or separately -- again.

Posted by Barry on 02/23/2014 at 5:02 PM

Re: “Piling It On

This was a GREAT show last year with a LOT of extremely strong musicians on stage. I will definitely be at this year's show also. I already have my tickets!

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Posted by Ray on 02/23/2014 at 3:29 PM

Re: “Buckle Up

I skipped the Kate Wolf choice other than a performance at O'Connells Grove in Graton-Sebastopol, Ca.... And went for "John Lee Hooker and his Coast to Coast Blues Band" with his band member from San Jose, Ca...And Occidental, Negri's with Steve Miller and more, in 1976-77 from Novato....Personal choice...Sure "Olde and In the Way," with Peter Rowan and many others was special..But then you have acid-rock fans from Marin...And John Cippolina and the Dinosaurs-Papa John Creech was my choice ....And my friends and neighbors, "The Sons of Chaplin."

Posted by Brad Pipal on 01/05/2014 at 12:35 AM

Re: “Buckle Up

It's official, we're fans, no pack of lies.... :). The neighbors....

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Posted by Kristen Robbins on 12/27/2013 at 6:36 PM

Re: “Buckle Up

Thanks for the article Gabe. You place Frankie Boots in a line that includes Kate Woolf and other Sonoma County folk-country-bluegrass figures. And rightly so. Indeed there are a number of good local, younger bands that could be placed there: Driftwood, The Bootleg Honey's and Old Jawbone, to name a few.
And, just to fill in a bit more of that history, it's worth noting that Sonoma County was, indeed, a hotbed of those music's for many years. I moved here in 1978 hoping to secure the guitar chair in Kate Wolf's band (only to find Nina Gerber got there first) but what I discovered was a wealth of talent and band-playing opportunites. Bluegrass, in particular, was popular during this time. Between the well known bluegrass bands (Boothill, Eagle Ridge, HiJinks & The High Forehead Boys) and the Old-Time bands (too many to name) it seemed you could find really good acousticly driven music most nights of the week. In fact, I played bluegrass at a club, now long gone, on fourth street called Joe Frogger's every week. It was a wildly popular club, nightly over-run with fans of that music.
Among local acoustic musicians from that era, some of the names of the best of best remain vital today: Chris Carney, Layne Bowen, Evan Morgan, Ted Dutcher. And then there's Chip Dunbar. He was responsible for teaching many, many people the joy of banjo, guitar, mandolin and singing. Though he passed a few years ago Chip's legacy lives on with groups like The Mighty Chiplings, so named to honor their first important teacher in this music.
And we shouldn't forget important venue's like The Inn of the Beginning in Cotati; concert home to many of the important figures in acoustic music. I remember seeing David Grisman (with a fresh-faced young singer who went on to some Nashville noteriety: Vince Gill), David Bromberg, Doc Watson (who politely requested that folks refrain from smoking so he could sing), Norman Blake, and bay area bluegrass icon Laurie Lewis. I could go on.
So, yes, let's hoist a glass and honor those great musicians here in Sonoma County who have always entertained us, educated us and endured with us the comings and goings of fashions and the closure of clubs that support this music.
A final tip-of-the-hat to Sheila Groves down at the new Twin Oaks in Penngrove. Looks like country-bluegrass (ie Americana) may have a new home in Sonoma County.

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Posted by Kevin Russell on 12/25/2013 at 3:20 PM

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